Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes

Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes

It seems that there are endless possibilities for Fabric Beads. The more we experiment, the more ideas come up. So far, all projects at Quilt around the World are based on triangles, but Jutta has already started to fantasize about parallelograms, parabolas, half ellipses, and some other geometric shapes that are not yet known to mankind. wink

Not surprisingly, the shapes and the sizes of finished Fabric Beads are determined by the shape and the size of the piece of fabric cut before rolling.

Triangles

Generally speaking, the wider the base of the triangle, the longer the finished bead will be. It is more difficult to roll beads with a longer base than a bead with a shorter base.

The taller the triangle, the thicker and rounder the bead will be.

Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes

Different kinds of triangles determine the shape of the finished Fabric Bead.

Symmetrical Beads

Isosceles triangles (i. e. triangles that have two sides equal in length) make symmetrical beads.

In the example below, we cut a triangle with a 1" base and 4" height. This makes a rather slim 1" long Fabric Bead.

Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes   Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes

Doubling the height, results in a fatter bead of the same length:

Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes   Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes

Doubling the base results in a longer Fabric Bead:

Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes   Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes

If you need more than one symmetrical bead of one size, we recommend you alternate the triangles (base down, base up etc.)

If you need only one symmetrical bead of a specific size, cut a strip from the fabric sandwich that measures base x height. Mark the centre of the base and cut.

Do not discard the two leftover right-angled triangles. You can use them to make coordinating asymmetrical Fabric Beads...

Asymmetrical Beads

Right-angled triangles (i. e. triangles that have one 90° angle) make asymmetrical beads.

In the example below, we cut a triangle with a 1" base and 5" height. This results in a quite attractive drop shaped Fabric Bead:

Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes   Fabric Beads: Shapes and Sizes

Author: 
Jutta Hufnagel